Activision has shared a community update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 announcing several major changes for Season 2. Players can expect all regular seasonal content, plus major balance changes, UI improvements, audio fixes, and as updates to overall stability and performance for both games.
The Call of Duty season 2 update was delayed by two weeks. Originally scheduled for February 1, Season 2 was pushed back to February 15 to give the developers more time to implement changes and quality of life updates based on player feedback. These changes affect multiplayer, battle royale, and DMZ.
War zone 2
As previously announced by Infinity Ward, the 1v1 Gulag will return with Season 2. Activision has now confirmed that the return of the more traditional Gulag will also remove Al Mazrah’s Jailer NPC in favor of Warzone 1’s Overtime Domination-style Flag Point. Season 2 will feature an edit of the existing Gulag for better 1v1 combat, but the developer is actively working on a special 1v1 map for future seasons. Victory Money is now also awarded to help players get back to preparing for the match.
Players can expect an overhaul of Warzone 2’s loot, inventory, and cash economy. There will be a small reduction in cash rewards for completing contracts, but ground loot and cash stacks will be increased. Combined with the victory money earned from the Gulag, the blog post reveals that these economic changes are intended to “ensure faster, more consistent gameplay in the pursuit of resources.”
To speed up looting, Warzone 2 is shifting from loot menus to floating loot that will now drop from all containers in the world, similar to loot from Supply Boxes. Medium and large backpacks are no longer available, and eliminated players drop loot on the ground instead of loot-filled backpacks. This also means that everyone has the same backpack throughout the game. Activision says these changes are intended to improve the pace of gameplay by minimizing time spent navigating the UI and getting players back into the action more quickly.
Players should be able to get their custom gear more easily in Season 2. The price of Loadout Drop Markers has been slightly reduced to allow squads to get their full gear faster. A second Loadout Drop Public Event has been added, meaning the drops will now take place in the first and fifth circles of each match. The blog also teases that on extremely rare occasions, players can randomly find one while looting in Al Mazrah. Season 2 also introduces the ability to customize perk packs, so players are no longer forced to choose one of the preset packs for their custom gear.
Other changes mentioned for the upcoming season are changes in movement, buying stations and strongholds.
Season 2 of DMZ includes a new Exclusion Zone location, giving players a third option to choose from when betting in DMZ. There will also be a faction mission refresh to provide new missions in Al Mazrah, Building 21, and the new Exclusion Zone.
Players can expect some tuning for mission and AI issues. Season 2 of DMZ includes balance changes to adjust the type and number of AI spawning, adjust the accuracy of remote AI. For mission difficulty, adjustments will improve the difficulty scale in faction missions as levels progress.
In addition, DMZ’s crashing issues were acknowledged. The publisher’s statement said: “We know crashes are most impactful in DMZ if they cause you to lose your items and contraband weapons. Addressing these crashes is a priority for Season 2 and we’re committed to improving stability. Stay tuned keep an eye out for more information on this one.”
Modern warfare 2
As previously announced by Infinity Ward, Call of Duty’s Hardcore multiplayer mode is returning. The competitive ranked game mode has also been confirmed for Season 2, but details on maps, modes and more will be revealed ahead of launch.
There’s a little more community involvement coming to multiplayer. One week a month, Infinity Ward creates a Twitter poll for fans to vote for one of that week’s playlists from a rotating pool of playlists.
Additional multiplayer updates include perk and weapon balance changes, and a Valentine’s Day themed playlist has been teased.
Several quality-of-life updates are also coming in multiplayer, battle royale, and DMZ mode. Activision says Season 2 will feature a number of UI changes to “improve the overall flow of in-game menus.” These updates include a more polished Social tab, improved camouflage menu navigation and organization, reticle previews in the Shop and Gunsmith, and more.
Season 2 also addresses global audio issues. These updates include correcting an audio filter issue that was making some in-game sounds difficult for a player to hear, and fixing an audio issue on PC. PC players get a new audio option to force PC to stereo output.
Crashes and stability improvements can be expected for the new season. Activision said, “We remain committed to improving the overall stability and performance of our games, including reducing crashes across all platforms and titles.”
The publisher also said more specific information about new features, maps, modes and more will be shared in the weeks leading up to Season 2. Be sure to check out our rundown of all the rumors and leaks surrounding Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone Season 2 . 2, including the season’s possibly leaked Japanese theme and the return of the Ronin operator.
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